NASA reschedules Va. suborbital rocket launches

Mar 22, 2012

(AP) -- NASA is again rescheduling the launch of five rockets from Virginia due to bad weather.

The rockets are part of a study of the jet stream.

The had been set for Thursday at NASA's space center on Wallops Island but has now been pushed back to early Friday. has postponed the launch several times.

The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the jet stream, which is located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

The rockets will release a chemical tracer to form white clouds that allow scientists and the public to visualize the winds. Residents from South Carolina to southern New Hampshire and Vermont might be able to see the clouds for up to 20 minutes.

Explore further: NASA astronaut memorial stirs memories for shuttle veteran (Update)

More information: NASA's ATREX mission: http://www.nasa.gov/mission-pages/sunearth/missions/atrex.html

5 /5 (3 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

NASA five rocket ATREX mission moved to March 20

Mar 19, 2012

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA has rescheduled the launch of five suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream to no earlier than Tuesday night, March 20.

NASA rocket launch scheduled March 15, 2012

Mar 13, 2012

NASA is scheduled to launch five suborbital sounding rockets in just over five minutes March 15 from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream.

Launch madness at Wallops in March - '5 in 5'

Mar 05, 2012

Launch madness will hit the east coast in March as NASA launches five rockets in approximately five minutes to study the high-altitude jet stream from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA jet stream study will light up the night sky

Mar 07, 2012

High in the sky, 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface, winds rush through a little understood region of Earth's atmosphere at speeds of 200 to 300 miles per hour. Lower than a typical satellite's orbit, higher ...

Recommended for you

Going a long way to do a quick data collection

9 hours ago

Like many a scientist before me, I have spent this week trying to grow a crystal. I wasn't fussy, it didn't have to be a single crystal – a smush of something would have done – just as long as it had ...

How are planets formed?

10 hours ago

How did the Solar System's planets come to be? The leading theory is something known as the "protoplanet hypothesis", which essentially says that very small objects stuck to each other and grew bigger and ...

Japan to launch new spy satellite

14 hours ago

Japan's government said it will launch a back-up spy satellite on Sunday, after cancelling an earlier lift-off due to bad weather.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.